Season 3 is the third season of Star Wars Rebels. It was announced that Disney XD had ordered a third season on November 30, 2015, shortly before the winter finale of Season 2. The season premiere as well as the second episode of the season were screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.
A clip of an episode from this season was released on The Star Wars Show on July 13, 2016, which featured the return of Hondo Ohnaka, Ezra with a shorter haircut, new outfit design and a green lightsaber, as well as Zeb and Sabine sporting new outfit designs. Kanan also sports a longer beard, and Sabine's hair color has been changed again as in the previous season.
Star Wars Rebels supervising director Dave Filoni had revealed that a Star Wars Legends character may be featured in this season. This character was later revealed to be Thrawn, who originated in Heir to the Empire, the first novel in The Thrawn Trilogy. Filoni also revealed in Rebels Recon that season three picks up upwards of six months after the conclusion of season two.
Having established a base on the planet of Atollon, the Ghost Crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. In season three, Ezra and Sabine take on new roles and challenges as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.
The film, Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, was first screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 on July 16, 2016 along with an episode from the third season. It made its television premiere on September 24, 2016.
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|Some time after the events of the previous season, Ezra leads a mission to rescue Hondo Ohnaka from an imperial prison, displaying Force skills that he's learned from the Sith Holocron in the process. Hondo's intel regards a squadron of Y-Wings due to be destroyed at an Imperial shipyard that the Rebels set out to appropriate, with Ezra being given command of the mission. Kanan, meanwhile, is struggling with his blindness when he discovers Ezra's use of the Holocron and confiscates it, before being summoned out into the Atollon wilds by a mysterious call that proves to be from The Bendu, an ancient Force user who is neither Jedi nor Sith. Meanwhile, Governor Pryce decides that the growing rebel threat requires a greater response and requisitions the Seventh Fleet, which is revealed to be under the leadership of the recently promoted Grand Admiral Thrawn. The Bendu helps Kanan to realize that the Force grants him abilities that can make up for his lost sight, and on sensing Ezra's peril on the mission Kanan leaves to go help him, leaving the Holocron with the Bendu. The Rebels manage to secure a handful of fighters but lose the Phantom after Ezra sets the shipyard plummeting, and it is only the timely arrival of the Ghost and other rebel ships saves them after Thrawn determines that they are not dealing with the entire rebel fleet and orders his forces to allow their escape. Ezra is suspended, but expresses his gratitude to Kanan for rejoining the action while the rebels learn that the Y-Wings are to be delivered to General Dodonna's unit.|
It was announced on November 30, 2015, that Star Wars Rebels would renew for a third season shortly before the winter finale of season two. The third season will premiere on October 1, 2016.
The third season takes place six months after the events of "Twilight of the Apprentice", and introduces Grand Admiral Thrawn, a Star Wars Legends character who originated in Heir to the Empire, the first novel in The Thrawn Trilogy.
|40||03||"The Holocrons of Fate"||October 1, 2016||303|
|When Maul takes the crew of the Ghost hostage, Ezra and Kanan must pass a trial in order to recover an ancient Sith artifact to save them.|
|41||04||"The Antilles Extraction"||October 8, 2016||304|
|Sabine goes undercover as a cadet in the Empire's elite flight academy to help free several young pilots who want to defect to the rebellion.|
|42||05||"Hera's Heroes"||October 15, 2016||305|
|Hera's rebel supply mission to Ryloth becomes personal when she and the Ghost crew brave overwhelming Imperial forces to recover a memento from her ancestral home.|
|43||06||"The Last Battle"||October 22, 2016||306|
|On a salvage mission led by Captain Rex, the Ghost crew is captured by a unit of old Battle Droids determined to fight "one last battle" to end the Clone Wars.|
|44||07||"Imperial Super Commandos"||November 5, 2016||307|
|Having lost contact with the Protectors of Concord Dawn, Sabine, Ezra and their captured leader Fenn Rau investigate, but find the base has been taken over by Imperial Mandalorians.|
|45||08||"Iron Squadron"||November 19, 2016||308|
|Ezra and Sabine join forces to subdue a young pilot ace and his crew, who are foolishly risking their lives. That is the only way they can defend their home.|
|46||09||"The Wynkahthu Job"||November 26, 2016||309|
|The Rebels join forces with ruthless pirates to salvage a freighter full of weapons the Rebellion needs. However, the mission turns out way more dangerous than they expected.|
|47||10||"An Inside Man"||December 3, 2016||311|
|Looking for information on a new Imperial weapon, Ezra and Kanan break into an Imperial factory on Lothal. However, they have to trust an enemy to escape from a building that is about to be locked down.|
|48||11||"Visions and Voices"||December 10, 2016||310|
|Haunted by visions of Maul, Ezra has to journey across the galaxy. Upon arriving at his destination, he has to participate in a strange ritual to sever his connection to Maul.|
|49||12||"Ghosts of Geonosis" (part 1)||January 7, 2017||312|
|After the legendary Saw Gerrera and his rebel squad go missing on Geonosis, the Ghost crew is sent to investigate. Ezra, Kanan, Rex, and Chopper split off to search for Saw while Hera, Sabine, and Zeb stay behind to salvage a still operational shield generator.|
|50||13||"Ghosts of Geonosis" (part 2)||January 7, 2017||313|
|Not understanding what the Geonosian is trying to say, Saw Gerrera handcuffs the Geonosian and forces him to lead them deeper into the ruins. Meanwhile, an Imperial patrol detects life signs on Geonosis and sends scouts to investigate.|
|51||14||"Warhead"||January 14, 2017||314|
|Zeb and Chopper bring a damaged droid found in the Atollon wilderness back to base, only to discover that the droid is a new Imperial probe programmed to spy on and destroy rebels.|
|52||15||"Trials of the Darksaber"||January 21, 2017||315|
|To help recruit her people to join the rebels, Sabine reluctantly agrees to learn to wield an ancient Mandalorian weapon but finds the challenge more difficult than expected.|
|53||16||"Legacy of Mandalore"||February 18, 2017||317|
|Hoping to get her family to help the rebels, Sabine returns home with Kanan and Ezra and soon finds herself embroiled in her familys power struggle for Mandalore.|
|54||17||"Through Imperial Eyes"||February 25, 2017||316|
|Fearing that the identity of a Rebel Spy will soon be discovered by the Empire, the Rebels launch a plan to rescue him before he is caught.|
|55||18||"Secret Cargo"||March 4, 2017||318|
|When a routine refueling mission goes wrong, the Ghost crew find themselves transporting an important rebel leader across the galaxy, pursued by Imperial warships.|
|56||19||"Double Agent Droid"||March 11, 2017||319|
|Chopper and AP-5 team up to infiltrate an Imperial station to steal needed codes, but an Imperial specialist turns the droids against the crew to cause chaos.|
|57||20||"Twin Suns"||March 18, 2017||320|
|Reacting to a vision of Maul, Ezra defies Hera and Kanan to travel to a remote planet in hopes of stopping the former Sith lord from carrying out his plans.|
|58||21||"Zero Hour" (part 1)||March 25, 2017||321|
|In final preparations for their attack on Lothal, Phoenix Squadron's plans are disrupted when Grand Admiral Thrawn discovers their location.|
|59||22||"Zero Hour" (part 2)||March 25, 2017||322|
|Trapped on Atollon with the rebel base under siege, Hera and Kanan fight to keep the squadron alive, as Ezra attempts to rally help from an unexpected source.|